Building A Home

We Gentzels have been in North Texas for three months now. Currently we’re living with my mother-in-law (really not so bad) while our house is being finished up in Prosper. We couldn’t find anything we could afford in this crazy market, so we went a little further out and looked for homes that were already being built. Needless to say, we found one and we’re ecstatic!

The process has been strange as we’ve visited our home under construction. I think, as a man, there is something down deep inside me that wants to pick up a hammer and play a role in the construction of my home. I want to help install the rafters and roof that will cover our heads, but alas, for good reason, that is not allowed. I do get to play a small part though. In just a few weeks, we will close and then I’ll join my father-in-law in laying floors in our entryway and living room. Having done this once before, I honestly cannot wait to cut boards, smear glue, install floors and leave a mark on our home.

In light of our current situation, I have had building on the brain for weeks now, and in the midst of it all I have begun thinking deeply about our home. I’m concerned, in our day and time, that far too many parents contract out builders to grow their children, leaving it up to the professionals to build spiritually strong children. But God never intended that. He desires that we, as parents, disciple our children, partnering with the church to build strong men and women. Remember God’s words to Israel in Deuteronomy 6:6-9:

6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

As parents, we’ve been given an unbelievable gift and responsibility in our kids. Thankfully, we have village to help us build strong men and women, but at the end of the day, we ought to be doing the work necessary to grow a strong faith in ourselves, so that we can instill the same faith in our kids. Remember the words of Frederick Douglass, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” May we faithfully build now, so that our kids can enjoy a lifetime of walking intimately with God.